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It's Gonna.. Hurt?

What do you guys think about shows like Jackass and The Dudesons? I had a “Dudesons” marathon yesteray and I couldn’t help but laughing a lot most of the time. But my mom, as well as laughing, she said a couple times “Those guys are just crazy” hehehe

Do you thinks those guys are “just crazy”?
Do you find those shows funny?
If yes, what’s the weirdest prank you’d make to your mates?

BTW, I consider myself a total fan of The Dudesons since yesterday. :)

shave my head
Not Exactly, But...

...I got a haircut like the one in the left. But, Daddy Yankee style (right) was my preferred haircut while I was in college hehehehe. Despite that… I like this kind of cut the first week only. Then I start wishing my hair grows again real fast. ...To get another haircut. Lol.

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Guts... Hunchs...

Talking about jobs (my previous entry)... A former college mate offered me a couple days ago a job, well, not exactly… I’ll make the story short: He told me about a company what’s looking people to work “making calls”. I asked him if it was telemarketing, he said “no, well, not exactly, kind of…” and then “you won’t be selling anything, but you’ll work with a phone and a pc”. He’s telling me they pay extremely well (he even told me numbers, and well, let’s say those were real great numbers), and that they’re looking for people to start yesterday. Problem is… I feel it sounds too good to be true (or at least, to be completely good). I also know a little bit about this guy, and I can tell (because of what I’ve seen and heard) his methods and circumstances… May not be necessarily legal sometimes. He, in fact, he has a “kinda weeeeird” way of living. Besides, when I asked him for the exact address of the office, or at least a phone number, he just gave me a vague address (which is, by the way, a place where I wouldn’t exactly feel safe) and no number or email, or whatever-like.

...So, I don’t know… I have a hunch… I’ve a couple bad feelings about it. I know I need to get a new job (my current one, well, it’s a dead end road, filled with equal amounts of good moments, and crap, but that’s another story), I also know I should have “some guts and try it without any doubt or fear”... and I know I NEED to start settling down: I’m planning to get real serious with my partner (despite all of my terrible mistakes, but that’s another story too!), so, I need to make a serious, adult, responsible life, but… I also think that having a calm, clear, quiet mind is priceless.

I had a job once, a year ago… Cashier, at a strip club. That was my worst job, ever. It’s a terrible story. And, coincidentally, I got it in a VERY similar situation, so, it makes my hunch harder.

What should I do?
What do you all think about this?
Should I just “take some guts” and try, even if I have bad feelings about it?
Should I just keep my plan of waiting for this year to end, and start looking a decent, better job next January?

I’ll really appreciate your answers :) Thanks.

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Until now, what’s your…
- Best job
- Worst job
- Dream job

clean my bedroom
Cleaning the bedroom...

...It may seem like a silly “goal”, but, for me, it isn’t. I’ve left the things in my bedroom the same way since a couple (maybe more) years. Of course I clean it, but, I refer about having the bed/drawers, movable lamps in the same position… Not adding any different stuff, like a framed photo, or painting the walls… And so on. I need to change the way my bedroom currently is: To express my current personality, to express my current way of seeing LIFE… To express the way I wanna improve every single day… And, also to have a space to sleep, cuddle with my partner, have sex when possible, and, above it all… Relax myself. Make my bedroom my “headquarters”, where I can take some quality sleep every night… And then, waking up feeling I’m able to conquer all my dreams, all my fears, and all my desires.

Cleaning isn’t brooming only. ;) Cleaning it’s all about making it a different place, so you can feel better, and be better overall.

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One of my biggest, brightest goals (or desires) is becoming a dad, someday. Not sure when, but, I’m pretty sure I do want at least one son. So, I’m asking…

Do you have any child/ren? Do you think you’re doing a good job as a mom/dad?

What’s the best advice you would give to your son/daughter?

Watch Miss Universe pageant
National "Sport"

Miss Universe (as well as Miss Venezuela, our national pageant) is a total obsession in Venezuela, my country. We wait all year long for both pageants, and, well, let’s say it’s the most watched television event every year. Physical beauty (as shallow as it may sound, I know), is almost a religion for many people in Venezuela. We’ve labeled ourselves as the country with the most beautiful people. I don’t know if it’s true or false… Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :) Inner beauty is very important as well. You may be the prettiest girl/guy out there, but, if you’re empty inside… Shame on you.

Miss Universe is for Venezuelan, just like Super Bowl for American, or Football to English people.

In the picture: Miss Venezuela and Miss Universe 2013, 2009, and 2008: Gabriela Isler, Stefania Fernandez, and Dayana Mendoza

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What gives you an adrenaline rush?
What makes your blood run real fast?
What puts a bright, honest smile on your face?
Best song to start jumping and headbanging like a crazy?

Adrenaline: Riding a bike, or bikes in general, for that matter

Blood: Feeling I’m one step closer to the things I want

Bright Smile: Hmmm… I have a couple stuff, but, I’d say: Seeing my partner coming home

Song: It’s My Life by Jon Bon Jovi. (So many good memories) ;)

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Ladies and Gentlemen

Some concepts or even values are considered “obsolete” or “impractical” for this “busy, fast, modern world”. But, in the other hand… There’s still a few things that are timeless. So, to you, what makes a man a true Gentleman (and a woman a true Lady) today?

Celebrate one year of sobriety for lovingmex43 on October 4th

It’s not easy for many people to accomplish such goal. Every day make you stronger, and that’s a big thing. Congrats! :)

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I’m back here, lol. :) hope it’s good news hahaha

Have you ever been in a situation/place where you realize how fortunate (or lucky) you are for having what you have, or living the way you live? I’m talking about those very special kind of things money can’t buy.

If you could resume all the things you’re grateful for in a word, which would it be? Why? What are the things that make you feel grateful? :)

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Separate, broken ways. Could it all be fixed?

How to reconnect with a former best friend? (Advices, please)

I met my former best friend when we were both 15-16. We studied Senior High together back in 2004-05, and we easily bonded. That was more than the classical male bonding, it was (at least from my point of view) a true friendship, I felt he was more than a brother for me. We used to swim, to go to the beach, to the movies, to drink, even to smoke, to eat, to… whatever, together. He was always the first one to know “my latest news”. He had a girlfriend when I met him, and they had a solid? relationship until he dropped her last year (yep, after like 7 years), just to be free to bounce from one bed to another (there was a time when he even used to talk to me very explicitly about his …”personal activities”). I kept him many, many secrets now I think I should have told back then.

We eventually grew up. We went to different colleges, we both got graduated, but, since a lot of time our friendship was in the rocks.

I’ll always remember this: I went to his graduation, it was in another state. I went there in the cheapest seat I could find, I carried on my back during all the day a backpack with one change of clothes, and basic toiletries everywhere (well, airplane friendly toiletries). I changed myself at a restroom in a mall that was near his college, you know… To be dressed more “college graduation” appropriate. I didn’t have too much money, but, I didn’t care to spend all the money I had back then to go and be with him there, and congratulate him, feeling even proud for him. After the event, they all (he, his parents, brothers, and his girlfriend) went to a bar restaurant to celebrate. I offered him a beer to celebrate. He refused that one. He then went and bought a beer and told me to make a “toast” (???). Fortunately, I had my plane back to my state that same day late at night. I had a massively delayed flight (as usual, lol), so I came home tired, both emotionally and physically. He took hundred of photos with me and his family that day. I never saw a single one. He went to my graduation, we ended up doing the same thing: Drinking. Instead of having with him the happy moment I wanted to, I ended up having one of the worst nights I’ve ever had in my life. His family treats me well, and, when I see his parents or brothers out there, they greet me as if I were another one of them, his parents always tell me “don’t forget us”, but, I’ve wanted to tell them the real reason I never went to their place anymore. ...But, that would shatter? their son’s image, and, I can’t do that.

He spent almost a year without finding a job. I didn’t have exactly a good year either, but I managed to make things work for me, so, I didn’t complained a lot about not being actually working at that time. BUT, once he found a fancy job, at a fancy GPS company, he became a very different person. Money changes people, maybe? My girlfriend knows that company, and, well, she just told me that was pure luck. Some of her classmates are working there.

Last times we used to “hang out”, it was only to drink at his place. I was tired of going to his place ALL the time. I even used to think “Is he embarrassed about being seen with me out there? If yes, why!?” We eventually ended up getting heavily drunk when we saw each other, and, don’t ask me why, he had an inner talent to make me bring up “my personal demons” and make me be a man I don’t know… He used to bring up the worst we all human beings have in our minds/hearts… Our very own enemies. I mean, my personal demons are the kind of memories that make me feel miserable, depressed, and sad. The kind of memories I don’t wanna remember ever again. Last time we drank, I got into a very dark mood (I didn’t do anything against me, my life or anyone’s, if you’re asking), but, my mind got really mixed up, remembering very heavy stuff I went through when I was both in Junior and Senior High. (Let’s say my teen years weren’t exactly a bed of roses… I’ve got over most all of that, and the rest… It’s just history).

Then, he called me to invite me (last December, 2012) to a “beach camp” he was organizing with some of his friends. I never liked a lot his friends, I was even kinda frightened by a couple of them. He likes to hang out with very strange people (strange in the bad sense of the word). That was the very last time we saw each other. December 8, 2012.

Since then, I called him on Dec.31 to wish him a HNY, as I used to do. Then, as it used to happen last year, I sent him texts: Not an answer. Facebook messages: Left on “seen at…”. Calls: Direct to answer machine. Last time we text each other, it was like 4 months ago… And, well, he dared to tell me I am his best friend. (WHAT THE F!? Are you high or what!!??) I stopped trying to contact him months ago, but, there are times when I’ve wanted to invite him somewhere, talk about anything (weather included), and give it a closure. Like saying “well, I know you don’t consider me your friend anymore, but, that’s my way of saying I’ll always consider you one of my friends

Sometimes I check his Facebook (I still have him added), and, what makes me put a “WTF!?” in my face, are his photo albums. He’s doing THE VERY SAME stuff we used to do when we were teenagers, but with other people. The same way of drinking, the same way of going to the beach, the same way of EVERYTHING. It’s like seeing a current photo album of my teen memories, but without me. I’m not jealous if that’s what you’re thinking. I just don’t know… I mean… Could it be possible that he never got over Senior High days, and that he’s just doing all of these things to feel himself younger? To try to keep living like a teen does? (No responsibilities, no major problems, and so on)... Or what!? I don’t know. I don’t feel in the mood to do the same things I used to do when I was that age. I feel I’ve grown up, and now I have somewhat different tastes, and I feel I’m in a different stage of my life.

Should I try to make the distance shorter? Should I try to reconnect friendship with him? ...Or just keeping up walking away, and remembering he’s not the one I once knew.

What do you people think I should do?

PS: Don’t let grass grow on the path of friendship
PS2: I think this is the longest post I’ve ever written, lol

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Today’s question is kinda simple:

Do you tip (Even if the service totally, massively, absolutely, sucked)? Or, maybe: Do you like to tip?. How are tips given in your country/state/city?

I’ve read it’s kinda usual to tip taxi drivers and barbers/hairdressers in America. ...In my country, that’s extremely rare. Tips here are usually for waiters, bartenders, people at Valet Parking (or the guy taking care of your car, for that matter), hotel staff like towel guys (in a pool), and smth like that. It’s usually not included in the final price of the service. And, of course, here you directly tip the waiter, etc. I haven’t seen many “Tip Jars” here in my life. Even in fancy/exclusive places, you directly give the tip to the person.

Tips are very welcomed, always. When I used to work as a bartender, every tip, no matter how small, was well received for me. That “pocket money” was a good help in college during the week. Big tips were paradise, obviously hahahahaha, but, you get the point. :)

So, once again…

Do you tip?/Do you like to tip? :)
How is it where you live?

PS: Cheers here will be counted as tips. Not really? :P

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Smokers (current, former, or either), here's a question

Well, I started smoking when I was 16. You know… Classic “curiosity”, or classic “trying to be adult/cool before time”... You name it. I used to do it with a friend after school. He eventually stopped it, but I kept on and off smoking. After that, I used to mainly smoke while drinking. Until my 21st bday (I’m gonna be 25 this year). That day I decided I was going to stop smoking definitively, and I’ve been proud of that, until now… Almost 4 years later.

I’ve been heavily, massively craving to smoke this week (as well as the past one). Feeling like those old days when I was just a teenager and I didn’t care about anything. I was heavily tempted to buy a pack of cigs today and chain smoking by myself at home, listening to my old music/cds, and maybe having a couple beers. But… I didn’t do it. There’s a part of me telling me “don’t do it”, and I’m trying to listen to it. But it’s not easy. I don’t want my mom, my family/coworkers, or my gf think (or know) that I’m smoking. I haven’t gone to workout in several weeks, but I think that could be a way to forget the cravings.

So, here’s my question…

What do you do (if you don’t smoke anymore) to get over your cravings?

If you’re not a smoker… Have you wanted to try? What have stopped you?

Any advice?


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Just asking...

...What’s the worst album (or worst song) you’ve ever listened to?

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Just asking...

If you could open a door to anywhere, where would you go?

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My current girlfriend (we’ve been together since +6 months ago) has asked me several times in the last week and a half… For A KEY. She wants to get a key so she can wait for me at home while I’m working, or busy out there doing my stuff (she lives kinda far from my house, so, she wouldn’t be waiting for me at a cafe, or at any other place). She has came over and slept with me several times. My mom knows her (yeah… I still live with my mom, but, things today are too complicated nowadays to get a place of my own), and well, she thinks she’s a good girl and so on… But, I don’t know… I’ve been in several relationships before… But she’s the first one I introduce to my mom… EVER. I don’t know… I feel I’m not exactly ready to take that step in our relationship. There’s a part of me who wants to give her the key, but the other one’s not quite sure.

Any advice?

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I mean... Seriously!?

I read today that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their first daughter North West. I couldn’t help but say “What!?” I mean… What do celebrities think about when naming their sons? I think that’s kinda cruel, especially if the kid doesn’t have a middle name. Children can be reaaaaally mean in school. Nicknaming other kids is (very, very often) their favorite “sport”.

What would your “celebrity baby name”, if you could name any? Mine would be Rebel Blue Torch (a boy) at least that’s the first one I could “make” right now hahaha What do you think of celebrity baby names?

PS: I liked the name Kim and Kanye chose first: Kaidance Donda :(

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Tell me

1. Would you prefer to be swimming in the ocean on a day you should be working, or just go to work and procrastinate that beach day for months?
2. I have a purple box. What’s in it?
3. If you had to drink only one thing for a month, what would that be?
4. Last book you actually read?
5. Last movie you watched?

Photo: La Caracola Beach, Margarita Island, VEN. :)

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I’ve read here the words “annoying” and “fast food” a couple times this week, so, I’ll mix them in one question:

What’s the most annoying thing/moment you can see/live at any fast food place? (McD, BK, Subway, whatever…)

I personally DO hate when parents (no, I don’t hate parents, I’d like to be one someday) are in line with several kids, and they (the parents) have decided what they and the kids will eat… JUST to change their minds at the very moment they’re going to pay. It’s something like…

“Ok, sir… It’s $24.96
-Oh, wait! I won’t order the six cheeseburgers anymore. We’ll have two chicken burger… one with extra bacon and the new sauce, and the other one with pickles… plus two happy meals with uh…” ... ... ... and so on

I also find really annoying when the crew give you something totally different to what you ordered, and when you go to make the change, they look at you like if they were saying “Are you maniac!? This is what you ordered, if you don’t like it… Shame on you” (you get the idea) :) it has happened to me a couple times… They give me a meat burger instead of a chicken one. I don’t eat meat burgers. I don’t have any special reason, but, I just don’t like it. I prefer chicken burgers. :)

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